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Dog Care Hacks

Dogs are much more than just pets. They are our friends and companions, confidantes, and furry family members. Our canine pals offer us unconditional love and loyalty, and ask for little in return. Caring for Fido does require some time and work, but there are some things you can do to make your pup’s care regimen a little easier. A Fort Collins, CO vet lists some dog care hacks below.

Nail Trims

Keeping Fido’s claws trimmed is very important… but it isn’t always easy. Teach your pet the Gimme Paw trick. When Fido offers you his paw, play with his toes, run the clippers over them, then give him a treat and let go. This will help get Fido used to having his feet handled.

Doggy Walking Time

Designate a specific jacket for dog-walking. Keep some must-have items, such as waste baggies, a flashlight, spare keys, a carabiner, and gloves, in the pockets.

Fur Buster

Did you know that a squeegee is great at getting dog fur off your furniture? You can also use a damp sponge or a rubber dish glove.

Pet Clothes

Dogs with thin fur often need extra protection against the cold. Look for second-hand children’s clothes that can be repurposed into doggy wear. Just be sure to avoid anything that is tight, constricting, or itchy, as well as anything with buttons or loose threads.

Bath Time

Does Fido run when he hears the word Bath? To make him a bit more willing, have him get into the tub, then give him a treat and let him go. If your pup tends to splash water everywhere when being bathed, get a clear shower curtain, and cut slits in it. The cuts should be about four feet high, and shoulder-width apart. Put your arms through them when bathing your dog to avoid getting splashed.

Records

It’s always a good idea to keep your pup’s paperwork with you. Take clear pictures of them with your smartphone, so they’ll be in your gallery.

Calming Fido

Does your pooch become a furry ball of fear when a thunderstorm rolls through? Run an unscented dryer sheet over Fido’s fur when the sky darkens. This will reduce static electricity, which is one reason many dogs hate storms.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, today. We’re here to help!

Caring for Fido’s Furry Feet

Your dog’s paws are integral to everything he does. Those cute furry feet let Fido run after his favorite toy, hop into the car when it’s time for a fun ride, and jump for joy when he sees you. Caring for your canine pal’s paws isn’t difficult, but it is very important! In this article, a local Fort Collins, CO veterinarian discusses doggy paw care.

Claws

Overgrown claws are very painful for our canine pals. They can affect your pet’s stride when he walks, and, over time, can even contribute to bone/joint disorders, such as arthritis. Make sure to keep Fido’s nails trimmed! If you’re nervous about doing it yourself, consider investing in a pair of clippers with sensors, which will indicate exactly where to make the cut. Of course, you can also just call us to schedule a quick ‘pawdicure’ for your furry best friend!

Weather Hazards

Summer and winter both bring specific hazards for those cute little (or not so little) paws. In summer, walking on hot tar can give your pet painful burns or blisters. Fido’s paws will be very delicate after he’s been swimming, so take extra care with your furry pal after he’s been in water. As a rule of thumb, if it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot, it’s too hot for Fido! In winter, snow, ice, salt, sand, and chemical de-icing agents can cause abrasions and burns. Wipe your canine buddy’s feet down with a damp cloth after each walk, and use a paw balm or wax to protect them. You’ll also want to be careful when walking your furry friend on fresh snow, as it can hide dangerous objects, such as broken bottles, from view.

General

We recommend inspecting your canine pal’s paws regularly for any signs swelling or injury. To make this more fun for Fido, work in a gentle paw massage for your furry friend! If you notice a light nick, you can treat it yourself with an antiseptic cream or spray. For anything more than a very minor wound, contact your vet right away. You definitely don’t want to take any chances with paw infections!

Do you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s health, care, or behavior? Is Fido due for shots or an exam? We are here to help! Please contact us, your local Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, anytime.